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Vice President Biden, Governor Cuomo announce that Rochester will be headquarters for nation’s newest manufacturing innovation hub

The University of Rochester is a key partner in a consortium that has won a national competition to advance U.S. photonics manufacturing capability. The new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) will be headquartered in Rochester, New York, and will bring the nation’s leading talent from companies, universities, and federal research institutions together under one entity to develop the next generation of integrated photonics and deliver global manufacturing leadership.

July 27, 2015

In the Headlines

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Rochester bags $600 million hub for photonics R&D

Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense.

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July 28, 2015
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NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics — the use of light in technology — will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region.

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July 27, 2015
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Seligman leading UR’s evolution

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman made his interest in UR getting more involved in the community clear soon after taking office a decade ago.

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July 26, 2015

Science & Technology

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Drawing a line between quantum and classical: Bell’s Inequality fails test as boundary

The best guide to the boundary between our everyday world and the “spooky” features of the quantum world has been a theorem called Bell’s Inequality, but now a new paper shows that we understand the frontiers of that quantum world less well than scientists have thought.

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July 21, 2015
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Babies’ expectations may help brain development

A series of studies with infants 5 to 7 months old has shown that the portion of babies’ brains responsible for visual processing responds not just to the presence of visual stimuli, but also to the mere expectation of visual stimuli.

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July 20, 2015
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First-of-its-kind study to explore how family stress leads to cavities

UR Medicine’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health has been awarded a $3.5 million grant that, for the first time, will scientifically explore how family functioning, stress, and parenting behaviors may lead to early childhood cavities.

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July 15, 2015

Society & Culture

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College social life can predict well-being at midlife

A new 30-year longitudinal study shows that the quantity of social interactions a person has in their 20s—and the quality of the social relationships they have in their 30s—can benefit his or her well-being later in life. The study participants, now in their 50s, took part in the Rochester-Interaction Record (RIR) study as college students in the 1970s and again as 30-year-olds in the 1980s.

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July 23, 2015
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Winners of inaugural Tibetan Innovation Challenge announced

A Simon Business School team placed third in the Tibetan Innovation Challenge, a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition that aims to develop self-sustaining and replicable business ideas to alleviate the economic difficulties Tibetan refugees are facing.

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July 13, 2015
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Stress in low-income families can affect children’s learning

Children living in low-income households who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities according to new research from Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center.

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June 18, 2015

Photo of the Week

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Renovations at Interfaith Chapel

July 23, 2015

The Interfaith Chapel sanctuary is being renovated to accommodate an increasingly diverse religious and spiritual campus community. Updates include new carpeting, a handicap-accessible lectern platform, a hearing loop to improve sound quality for the hearing-impaired, and expanded seating for up to 500 people.

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Student Life

Spencer Gurley-Green, Matias Piva, and Lauren Sava will be recognized by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

Recent alumni recognized for Rochester Youth Year commitment

Three members of the Class of 2014 have completed their one-year commitment to Rochester Youth Year, an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsored program that includes seven local colleges.

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July 29, 2015
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An active year as social issues prompt students to make their voices heard

Is student activism on the rise? In the past year, Rochester students led protests and vigils against police brutality; initiated a campaign, by students and for students, to tackle the problem of sexual assault; and forged an alliance with the movement for a $15 minimum wage and a union for fast-food workers.

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July 22, 2015
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Singer Awards recognize those who changed lives of four UR graduates

Each year, seniors in the College are invited to nominate a high school teacher for consideration for the Singer Family Prize. The four award winners receive a plaque and $3,000, as well as $2,500 for their school.

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June 9, 2015

The Arts

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17-year-old virtuoso wins Young Artists International Piano Competition

Brian Le, 17, of Silver Spring, Md,, was awarded first prize in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition Saturday, July 18, following a stellar performance of the first movement Allegro maestoso of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.

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July 20, 2015
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University on the Fringe

From September 17-26, students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across the University — including the After Hours student a capella ensemble above — will participate in the 2015 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival in downtown Rochester. Since its founding in 2009, the festival has doubled in size with more than 450 performances and more than 60,000 attendees.

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July 14, 2015
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New book explores images of world cultures in Western music

In his just-published book Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart, musicologist Ralph P. Locke explores how peoples who were considered different from “us” (Europeans) were characterized in popular songs, instrumental works, oratorios, ballets, and operas.

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June 29, 2015

University News

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Rochester earns National Weather Service StormReady certification

The NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) has recognized the Rochester as a StormReady® university for its preparedness to handle all types of severe and potentially life-threatening weather. Rochester is the first private university in New York State to be certified StormReady.

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July 28, 2015

Renowned particle physicist Susumu Okubo dies

Okubo, a Rochester alumnus and faculty member since 1964, was internationally known for his groundbreaking investigations into the patterns and decay rates of fundamental particles and symmetries of the universe.

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July 27, 2015
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Strong Memorial Hospital specialties among ‘Nation’s Best’

Four adult specialties at Strong Memorial Hospital have captured a spot in the top 50 programs in the nation for treating complex conditions, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015–16 ranking of America’s Best Hospitals.

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July 21, 2015
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